The word Naranj derives from the Sanskrit word for “orange tree” which has many roots in a large variety of languages meaning Sham or fruit from the Levant region. Culturally in Syria, many of the old households were known to grow Naranj trees in their houses due to the beauty of the flowers that produce captivating fragrance.
Naranj became our brand name for its uniqueness. It represents a fruit “bitter orange” which is known as a tasty and nutritious fruit. This word encompasses the unique taste of the food we prepare. It also demonstrates that we are a restaurant that strives to offer simple, yet delectable and authentic Syrian and Shammy dishes.
In 2007 an old mill located in Bab Sharq in the old city of Damascus was refurbished and transformed into the authentic Arabic restaurant known to a global audience today as Naranj. Since its very inception Naranj has gained instant popularity for its unmatched food quality and taste, exceptionally warm hearted service and a unique dining experience. This reputation has established Naranj as the utmost destination on the world's culinary map. Its reputation further spread through word of mouth, food critiques, bloggers, and travel guide websites and TV shows.
The focal point of the restaurant's allure is the authentic collection of recipes that are traditionally made by many small villages. The authenticity was gradually linked to an innovative approach to food that brought about new cooking techniques and styles. The mélange of authenticity and modernity brought further success to Naranj's popularity. Today Naranj is known for its innovative dishesinspired by traditional recipes, yet cooked with new ingredients. One of the best-sellers that combine tradition and modernity is the hummus prepared with dry beans. For the adventurous culinary enthusiasts, thedishes in Naranj were offered with the addition of a little naranj flower.